The anticipation of a new year always toyed with my sensibilities. I always viewed Jan. 1 as the genesis of the “new me.” This year, I’ll lose the weight for good.
And then … I wouldn’t.
That whale was me. Last year on Dec. 31, I was grossly overweight, frustrated, and STUCK. Prior to 2019, the longest I had ever maintained a healthy diet was only a few months. Sugar reared it’s ugly head, and I caved. Over and over and over. It was the main theme of my life.
That was then … This is now.
Fast forward 365 days, and I’m 70 pounds lighter, and healthier than I have ever been. Kitchen 2.0 is no longer a novelty. We are an established health & cooking website with over 1,200 followers. Now, the hard work really begins: continuing to motivate, inspire, and create new content. I have to stretch myself to try new techniques, learn from my mistakes, and press on.
In a previous career, I worked with families who love someone with substance use disorder. It was exhausting, even on the best days, as everyone we connected with was in crisis. As I counseled others, it became painfully obvious that my own addiction to sugar was wreaking havoc on my life and health. I couldn’t climb a flight of stairs without feeling winded. It bothered me that I wasn’t able to conquer my own demons but was encouraging others to conquer theirs. My life was glaringly incongruous with my career.
Kitchen 2.0 isn’t rocket science.
It’s just healthy, clean eating. Plain and simple. Our most recent recipe (about Cincinnati Chili) had one obvious hack; the substitution of “zoodles” for noodles. No epiphany there. We also went low-fat with the chili recipe, and bumped up the fiber. What I hope for my readers is this: I hope my posts inspire you to try something new, make a substitution, and evaluate your current diet. I’ve done all the math for you. Every recipe is low in sugar, simple carbs, fats and sodium, while high in fiber and packed with nutrition. All you have to do is cook and eat! Take it one day at a time, one meal at a time.
If I started 2019 with goals to (1) lose 70 pounds and (2) write a blog that would attract over a thousand followers, I probably would have been too intimidated to even begin. Instead, I took it one day at a time, made mini-goals, and just kept putting one foot in front of the other, quite literally. 10,000 steps at least 4 days a week, at the minimum. It’s been an amazing journey, and I can’t thank YOU, my readers, enough. Knowing I had to hold myself accountable to all of you has kept me honest, creative, and inspired. THANK YOU!
I was one of those people who had ZERO CONFIDENCE that I could make this kind of a major change in my life. One year later, I am bursting with pride, and I know I will never go back to my old weight, if I just keep keepin’ on. One day at a time, one meal at a time.
This CAN be you! Believe me, if I can do it, you can as well. Download our Starter Guide and the Pantry Guide on the bottom of the “Our Philosophy” page. Then follow us on Facebook (click here) and Instagram, (click here) so you won’t miss a single post!
And, I would love to hear from you, with the answer to this poignant question: